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It’s fixture release day for the Scottish Professional Football League today (Wednesday) and the Angus clubs will be taking time off from enjoying the World Cup to find out what lies ahead for them in the 2014/15 season, writes Scott Binnie.

Brechin City and Forfar Athletic will be looking forward to planning lengthy trips down to Ayr United and Stranraer as well as their jaunts up north to visit Scottish League Two Champions Peterhead.

There will also be trips to the central belt to meet play-off winners Stirling Albion and familiar foes Stenhousemuir, as well as visits to the likes of likely title challengers Dunfermline and Morton and Gary Bollan’s Airdrieonians side.

Arbroath and Montrose meanwhile will face trips to teams at opposite ends of the country, with Elgin City in the north and Annan Athletic and Berwick Rangers in the borders hosting the Angus duo.

Barry Ferguson’s Clyde will be on the agenda as will trips to East Stirlingshire, Queen’s Park, East Fife and Albion Rovers in what should be a closely contested league.

The big Angus news was at Gayfield Park as manager Paul Sheerin surprisingly left his post to take up a position at Aberdeen as Under-20 coach. The Red Lichties will now need to act swiftly to get a new man in before pre-season begins.

Forfar Athletic have elected to join the SPFL Under-20 Development League for the forthcoming campaign in the absence of the Under-19 league, so that the side’s promising youngsters will be able to get regular football. No other Angus club will be joining them.

Season tickets at Station Park will go on sale on June 21, three days after the release of the fixtures.

Brechin City have confirmed that player sponsorship allocations are now under away. It costs £75 to sponsor a player and £100 for the upgrade option, which gives fans a replica top signed by the player of their choice. To enquire email ghood@brechincityfc.com.

Montrose Football Club have announced that season tickets for the forthcoming season will go on sale on Saturday, June 21.

Once again, early bird discount prices are available for those purchasing tickets before Saturday, June 28.